Saturday, December 15, 2012

Soviet News

Back in the Soviet days, the two big papers there were Pravda and Izvestia. Pravda means Truth, Izvestia means News. A famous Soviet joke ran thusly:
 "V Pravde net izvestiy, v Izvestiyakh net pravdy."
In The Truth there is no news, in The News there is no truth.

Welcome to 21st century America.

The painfully obvious refusal to tell the central truth of this story is repeated over and over, every day.

As the joke goes about the New York Times headline when Armageddon arrives:

World Ends Tomorrow; Women and Minorities Hardest Hit.

My contempt for journalists only deepens with time.


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